Longridge care home owner Wendy dies

Wendy Pickering
Wendy Pickering

A care home owner who was one of the first to extend community care into the Longridge area has died.

Wendy Pickering, who was 78, set up her community care agency from Alston Lodge Residential Home in 1994, a time when the long-running Meals-on-Wheels services were being cut back.

Wendy was big hearted and generous throughout her lifetime – teaching at Sunday school, visiting prisoners and of course caring for hundreds of people during her care career

Daughter

Mrs Pickering had taken over the Georgian Alston Lodge in 1987 and converted it into a residential home for the elderly.

The 1994 expansion with the agency had the same philosophy as the home, dedicated to providing a high standard of care

for clients wishing to remain in their own homes, with particular emphasis on privacy,

After a childhood in Pleasington and then Ledbury in Herefordshire, Wendy Rushton married Tom Pickering in 1957, had daughters Elizabeth and Sarah and, with her good business head, started a 60-year career, first as a dental nurse. She then ran a children’s playgroup, opening a children’s clothes shop before becoming a physiotherapist at Blackburn Hospital, then buying Alston Lodge. She was at the helm there well into her seventies, always with a rescue dog by her side, until she handed over to daughter Sarah.

“Wendy was big hearted and generous throughout her lifetime – teaching at Sunday school, visiting prisoners and of course caring for hundreds of people during her care career,” said Sarah in tribute. She played as hard as she worked, with family holidays in Abersoch and Spain, where she had a 60ft boat, and she always enjoyed a good party and dining out.

At her funeral at St Lawrence’s Church in Longridge, entry music was ‘Hello again’ by Neil Diamond while leaving was Abba’s ‘The Dancing Queen.’‘Time to say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Andre Rieu’s ‘My heart will go on’ were played at the crematorium. Mrs Pickering is survived by her husband, daughters and her two grandchildren.